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  • Ph.D. New York University
  • M.A., New York University
  • B.A., Bowdoin College

Thoughts on SOM

The Wells School of Music offers a first-rate education for all students regardless of class or income. This is its great strength. The varied backgrounds and evident camaraderie of the students, the quality of the faculty, and the sheer volume of music-making opportunities make the SOM a superb training-ground for music professionals.

Curriculum Vitae

Julian Onderdonk joined the Wells School of Music faculty in Fall, 2001. He studied music history with Robert Bailey, Edward Roesner and Ernest Sanders; jazz with Lewis Porter; and ethnomusicology with Kay Kaufman Shelemay and James Cowdery. He has lectured on Ralph Vaughan Williams' folksong collecting and hymn-tune arrangements and his essays have appeared inFolk Music Journal,Current Musicology,Notes,English Dance and Song,Vaughan Williams Studies(1996),Vaughan Williams Essays(2003),Strengthen for Service: 100 Years of the English Hymnal(2006),The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology(forthcoming),The Cambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams(forthcoming), and theNew Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Dr. Onderdonk received his Ph.D. in music history from New York University in 1998, and received a BA (magna cum laude) from Bowdoin College in 1986. Before coming to West Chester, he taught at Williams College, New York University, St. Francis University (Pa.), and in the Pennsylvania State University system. A 1992-1993 recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, he studied for a year in London.


Review of Ian Bradley,Lost Chords and Christian Soldiers: The Sacred Music of Arthur Sullivanin Music Library AssociationNotes

Review of Philip A. Cooke and David Maw, eds.,The Music of Herbert Howellsin Music Library AssociationNotesvol. 71, no. 4 (June, 2015), 708-710

Review of Jeremy Dibble,Hamilton Harty: Musical Polymathin Music Library AssociationNotesvol. 71, no. 2 (December 2014), 292-295

Review of Martin V. Clarke, ed.,Music and Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britainin Music Library AssociationNotesvol. 70, no. 3 March 2014), 433-436

Review of Dorothy de Val,In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwoodin Music Library AssociationNotesvol. 69, no. 3 (March 2013), 529-531

Articles forThe Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology,ed. J.R. Watson and Jeremy Dibble (Norwich, forthcoming 2013)

  • Sharp, Cecil
  • Shaw, Martin
  • Vaughan Williams, Ralph

The Composer and Society: Politics, Religion and Nation, inCambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams, ed. Alain Frogley and Aidan Thompson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 9-28

Folksong Arrangements, Hymn Tunes and Church Music, inCambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams, ed. Alain Frogley and Aidan Thompson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 136-15.

Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur: A Checklist of Miscellaneous Arrangements of English, British and Continental European Dances and Songs, inRalph Vaughan Williams Society Journal51 (2011), 10-19

Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur: A Checklist of English Folk Song Arrangements, inRalph Vaughan Williams Society Journal50 (2011), 15-22

Vaughan Williams and the Musical Amateur: A Checklist of English Carol Arrangements, inRalph Vaughan Williams Society Journal49 (2010), 3-10

Review of Nicholas Temperley,Studies in English Church Music, 1550-1900 in Music Library AssociationNotes67/1 (2010), 110-112

Review of Hugh Cobbe,Letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams 1895-1958in Music Library AssociationNotes66/1 (2009), 87-89

Review of Matthew Gelbart,The Invention of "Folk Music" and "Art Music": Emerging Categories from Ossian to WagnerinCurrent Musicology87 (2009), 207-217.

Review of David Manning, ed.,Vaughan Williams on Musicin Music Library AssociationNotes62/2 (2008), 319-321.

Folk Songs and Hymn Tunes,English Dance and Song 68/3 (2006).

Folksongs in The English Hymnal,inStrengthen for Service: One Hundred Years of The English Hymnal 1906-2006, ed. Alan Luff (Norwich, 2005), 191-216.

Review of Simon Trezise, ed.,The Cambridge Companion to Debussy, Music Library,Association Notes(2004), 236-238.

Review of Paul Rodmell,Charles Villiers Stanford, Music Library AssociationNotes(2004), 135-137.

Hymn Tunes from Folk Songs: Vaughan Williams and English Hymnody,in Byron Adams and Robin Wells, eds.,Ralph Vaughan Williams Essays(Aldershot, 2003), 103-128.

Review of Charles Edward McGuire,Elgar's Oratorios: The Creation of an Epic Narrative, Music Library Association Notes (2003), 158-160.

Review of Alain Frogley,Vaughan Williams Ninth Symphony and Simon Heffer's Vaughan Williams, Music Library AssociationNotes(2002), 350-352.

The Revised (1904) Version of the Folk Song Society's Hints to Collectors,English Dance and Song 62/3 (2000), 21-25.

Article for TheNew Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, revised edition (London, Macmillan, 2001):Shaw, Martin

Vaughan Williams and the Modes,Folk Music Journal7/5 (1999), 609-26.

Article forReader's Guide to Music: History, Theory, and Criticism(Chicago and London, 1999):Vaughan Williams. Ralph

Vaughan Williams Folksong Transcriptions: A Case of Idealization?in Alain Frogley, ed.,Vaughan Williams Studies(Cambridge, 1996), 118-38.

Review of Robert Stradling and Meirion Hughes,The English Musical Renaissance: Construction and Deconstruction, Music Library AssociationNotes(1995), 63-6.

Review of Michael Hurd,Rutland Boughton and the Glastonbury Festivals, Music Library AssociationNotes(1995), 108-9.

Review of Ralph Scott Grover,The Music of Edmund Rubbra, Music Library Association Notes (1994), 152-3.

Review of Lewis Foreman, ed.,Farewell, My Youth and Other Writings by Arnold Bax, Music Library AssociationNotes(1993), 595-6.

Unpublished Papers

"'Roll Over Vaughn [sic] Williams': Richard Thompson and the Predicament of "Electric Folk," presented at the Fourth Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, July 2010

"Vaughan Williams and German Romantic Aesthetics," presented atRalph Vaughan Williams 1872-1958): Fifty Years On, one-day conference, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, November 2008

"Folksong, English Hymnody, and Bach's Chorales: Ralph Vaughan Williams and 'the Greatest of All Musicians,'" presented at the Second Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association, St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont., August 2006

"Vaughan Williams and the Austro-German Tradition: Tonal Pairing and Directional Tonality in A Sea Symphony," presented at annual national meeting of the American Musicological Society, Columbus, Ohio, November 2002

"Vaughan Williams' Hymn-Tune Settings from Folksong," presented at regional meeting of the American Musicology Society, Boston, March 2001

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